For the Brazil Times
TERRE HAUTE -- Coach Clint Weddle called it before Northview took the floor Saturday against Robinson. The Knights' first year coach said Robinson had more than one player on the court and he was so right.
Northview's Travis Hakman and teammates held Robinson's Aaron Siler seven points under his 24 points per game average and far below the 39 he put up against Terre Haute North on Friday, but the Maroons earned a 56-45 win over the Knights.
"(Robinson is) a good basketball team. (Siler) did a good job to keep moving without the ball. It was exciting to see him play as well as he did (against Terre Haute North), but also they have a very good team," Northview coach Clint Weddle said.
In the rescheduled finals, Northview (5-3) plays Sullivan (7-3) at 5 p.m. on Monday, followed by the 6:30 p.m. championship game between Robinson (12-1) and Rockville (10-0).
Northview's Hakman, with a lot of help from teammates trading off and trapping, held Robinson's Siler to 17 points. Siler hit 11-of-14 free throws for most of his points and got off just two three-point shot attempts against the Knights.
But the Knights trailed 13-9 after one quarter, fell into a 10-point hole before halftime and, while within reach of the Maroons, never got closer than eight points in the second half.
"(The early hole) probably was (the difference), but we didn't give ourselves an opportunity (to climb out) at times when we made turnover here or turnover there. That's how you get yourself out of a hole. We played steady, but we kept setting ourselves back a little bit," Weddle said.
"We've been asking him to shoot it in games because he can shoot it in practice. It was nice to see him do that. It will add a little bit to his game," Weddle said.
Craig Peters scored 11 points.
"We are making strides every day, having a great effort and great attitude," Weddle said.
So did the Knights improve? Was that the consolation prize from playing a team like Robinson?
"I don't think any loss is a good loss, but we're making strides forward and I'm thankful for that," Weddle said.
Robinson led 26-18 at halftime and extended the margin to 36-23 midway through the third period. The Maroons led 41-30 going into the fourth quarter.
Northview cut the margin to eight points, 45-37, when Mace hit a three and Daniel Kimball drew a charging fouling foul that sent Robinson's 6-5 Michael Akande to the bench with four fouls. Mace hit a free throw, Peters scored a bucket and Christian Ellis drained one of two free throws.
The Knights had the ball with a chance to get within six points with over four minutes left, but turned the ball over. Robinson scored six straight points and Northview was down 51-38 with 2:15 to play and never recovered again.
Hakman 1-3 1-2 3, Mace 4-6 4-6 16, Whitson 4-6 0-2 9, Ball 0-4 0-0 0, Peters 5-15 0-0 11, Ellis 1-2 3-5 5, Kimball 1-1 0-0 2, Clark 0-0 0-1 0, Tanoos 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-37 FG, 8-16 FT, 45 TP.
Scott 2-5 0-0 5, Nicholas 3-12 1-2 7, Akande 6-11 2-4 11, Blount 4-10 1-2 11, Siler 3-8 11-14 17, Hoaland 0-0 0-0 0, Richart 0-2 2-2 2, Chipman 0-0 0-0 0, Weck 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-48 FG, 17-24 FT, 56 TP.
3Pt. Goals: Nv 5-12 (Mace 3-3, Whitson 1-1, Peters 1-3, Ellis 0-1, Ball 0-2), Rob 3-9 (Blount 2-4, Scott 1-2, Richart 0-1, Siler 0-2). Total fouls: Nv 20, Rob19. Fouled out: Akande. Technical fouls: Northview bench, Northview (Ball). Turnovers: Nv 19, Rob 10. Rebounds: Nv 29 (Mace, Whitson 6), Rob 27 (Nicholas 13). Steals: Nv 5 (Hakman, Peters 2), Rob 10 (Nicholas 4).
Next game: On Monday at Terre Haute South, Northview (5-3) plays Sullivan (7-3) at 5 p.m. for third place. Robinson (12-1) plays Rockville (10-0) at 6:30 p.m. for the championship.